Ohio Egg Farm Slaughters over 1.3 Million Chickens amid Bird Flu Spread

A major egg farm in Ohio has been forced to cull over 1.3 million chickens in an effort to contain outbreaks of bird flu.

The news comes as avian influenza continues to take a toll on the industry.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said all 1.35 million chickens on the farm in Ohio’s Union County will be slaughtered to help limit the spread of the highly contagious virus after a case was confirmed in the flock this week.

The outbreak that began in early 2022 has been much less severe this year as fewer cases of the virus are being found among the wild birds that spread it.

But there have still been 8.1 million birds killed this year to help control the spread of the disease.

5.8 million of those have come just this month as several large egg farms have been struck.

That includes 1.2 million birds at one Iowa egg farm and another 940,000 chickens at one Minnesota egg farm that had to be killed.

Egg farms tend to be much larger than turkey or chicken farms.

They sometimes have millions of birds.

That’s a big part of why Iowa — the nation’s largest egg-producing state — has been hit the hardest in this outbreak.

The state has seen nearly 17.3 million birds killed.

Ohio is also one of the top egg-producing states but it has seen only 5.1 million birds killed because of bird flu.

This week, there have also been sizeable bird flu cases confirmed on farms in Minnesota, Maryland, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Georgia, and California.

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However, the biggest one of those cases was the Maryland chicken farm where 198,200 birds were killed.

In 2022, nearly 58 million birds were slaughtered as part of the outbreak.

The highly contagious virus is spread easily by wild birds through droppings and nasal discharges.

Farmers are working hard to keep the virus from infecting their flocks.

They are taking steps like requiring workers to shower and change clothes before entering barns, sanitizing trucks that enter a farm, and investing in separate sets of tools for every barn.

But the virus is difficult to keep out.

It is particularly challenging along the main pathways for migrating birds who are headed south for the winter.

Officials say bird flu doesn’t represent a significant health threat, however.

Human cases are extremely rare and none of the infected birds are allowed into the nation’s food supply.

Properly cooking poultry and eggs to 165 degrees Fahrenheit will also kill any viruses.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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